FLN football team
Tunisia 1–2 FLN |
(Tunis, Tunisia; June 1, 1957)
Yugoslavia 1 - 6 FLN
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; March 29, 1961)
Tunisia 0-8 FLN |
(Tunis, Tunisia; April 15, 1958)
Morocco 0-8 FLN
(Casablanca, Morocco; October 8, 1959)
Tianjin XI 5-1 FLN |
(Tianjin, China; October 25, 1959)
The FLN football team (in Arabic: فريق جبهة التحرير الوطني لكرة القدم, in French: Équipe du FLN de football), also known as Le onze de l'indépendance (English: The eleven of the Independence) was a team made up mainly of professional players in France, who then joined the Algerian independence movement of the National Liberation Front (FLN), and assisted in organizing football matches against national football teams.
The team was founded on 13 April 1958. The role of this team was primarily psychological, in order to show the French metropolitans that even professional footballers were involved in the cause, even to the extent of renouncing their status. The French authorities easily obtained the non-recognition of the team by FIFA. Despite the prohibition on play, the FLN team engaged in a world tour of about eighty meetings, including Europe, Asia and Africa. These games were widely used by pro-independence propaganda. The team existed from 1958 to 1962, bequeathing its place in 1963 to its legitimate successor, the Algeria national football team.
- Mohamed Boumezrag Trained the team from 1957 to 1962, also played for the team between 1957 and 1959.
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